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BACKGROUND In the United States, among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and portal hypertension from chronic hepatitis-B virus infection, 44% were Hispanic and 28% were African American. Because our institution (Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY) predominantly serves these populations, we studied retrospectively the characteristics of(More)
BACKGROUND New York City (NYC) has one of the highest concentrations of gastroenterologists in the country, yet only 33% of colorectal cancers in NYC are diagnosed early, and approximately 1500 New Yorkers die from colorectal cancer each year. METHODS Using data from a large, local, random-digit dialed telephone survey (n = 9802), the authors of the(More)
Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of genetic disorders with an autosomal dominant or an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance and more than 300 mutations. The disorder is characterized by blistering mucocutaneous lesions and has several varying phenotypes due to anchoring defect between the epidermis and dermis. The variation in phenotypic expression(More)
Ascaris lumbricoides is a common nematode infecting humans worldwide with increased prevalence in tropical and subtropical areas of less developed countries. Recently, it has been estimated that over one billion individuals are infected with ascariasis worldwide with 7% in USA. Although most of these cases are due to increasing immigration and travel(More)
In cirrhotic patients, esophageal and esophagogastric varices are the most common sites of bleeding, often responsible for hypovolemic shock. Hepatocellular carcinoma, blunt abdominal trauma and postprocedural complications are classical causes of hemoperitoneum in hepatic cirrhosis. Rupture of omental varices is another and rarely reported cause of shock(More)
BACKGROUND Gastroesophageal cancers, previously considered rare, are rapidly increasing worldwide. We present here a unique case of gastroesophageal carcinoma with metastasis to the rectum. CASE REPORT A 60-year-old female patient presented with constipation, bloating, and weight loss of 4-month duration. She had undergone sleeve gastrectomy 6 years before.(More)
Background: Though several modalities are available for colorectal cancer screening, only about half of adults are being screened. Barriers to compliance include fear of diagnosis, lack of motivation and logistical difficulties, including taking time off work. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether offering a paid day off from work would motivate more(More)